A unique Series III E-Type Jaguar will be sold at auction in November and it is expected to sell for in excess of £145,000.
This 1970 model is grey with red trim but it is extra special because it was the first Series III E-Type built with a 4.2-litre six-cylinder engine, none of which were sold to the general public.
Just six prototype versions of the third-generation sportscar were made featuring the XK powerplant, with the rest having the larger capacity 5.3-litre V12 unit.
And this was the only 2+2 example – two seats in the front and two at the back – with left-hand drive which further boosts the sports car’s desirability and value.
Unique E-Type had ‘slipped off the radar’
After a decade spent in the US, the car slipped off the radar with experts unaware of its whereabouts – Jaguar Enthusiast Magazine even referred to the car as a “missing link” and as “a ghost of an E-Type”.
The E-Type had in fact been bought by record producer and former Pop Idol judge Pete Waterman – famed as a collector of valuable cars – and put in safe storage amongst his fleet of C-Type, D-Type and E-Type Jags.
The car’s vital statistics
Registration GPF863J, Chassis Number 1W70001 and Engine Number 7R39503-9.
Auctioneers estimate E-Type will go for £145,000
The car has just 53,800 miles on the clock and, handling the sale, H&H Auctions says it has recently been repainted but the rest remains largely original, including the engine.
It will be sold by H&H on November 15 as part of the Duxford sale.
The auctioneer’s pre-sale estimate is £145,000 – more than twice the valuation of pristine Series III E-Type 2+2 Coupes of the era.
If you own a classic car you probably wouldn’t want to hide it away like Pete Waterman did with his “ghost” E-Type. Show it off, but ensure you have the right classic car insurance policy.